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Wainwright touched for three earned vs. Detroit

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright's sparkling start was smudged a bit Wednesday when he was tagged for six hits and four runs -- three of them earned -- in a 9-5 win over the Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium.

Detroit scored three times in the third inning when Wanwright issued a one-out walk to Austin Jackson followed by a pop-up to shortstop Rafael Furcal that fell in for a single. Jhonny Peralta knocked home one run with a line drive to right and then Wainwright retired Don Kelly. But, with two outs, Andy Dirks singled in a pair to make the score 3-0 Tigers.

The Cardinals answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Wainwright drew a walk and Furcal doubled to make it second and third with one out. Carlos Beltran singled home Wainwright to make the score 3-1 then Matt Holliday grounded to short to push home the second St. Louis run.

Detroit's unearned run came in the fourth when the Tigers got a two out double and then the run scored when Furcal booted a ball to short.

Tyler Greene homered for the Cardinals in the bottom of the fifth. It was his second round tripper of the spring. His 2-for-4 day left Greene with a .275 batting average for the spring. He was the only St. Louis player to collect more than one hit in the game.

Jay had an adventurous day, apparently going for the Gordie Howe hat trick with Detroit in town. He was hit by a pitch, made an error and was picked off second base. But he also had a key hit and drove in a pair of runs.

Wainwright's rough outing left his ERA at a still impressive 1.45 in Grapefruit League play.

Fernando Salas and Jason Motte each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Mitchell Boggs pitched two innings and allowed a run while J.C. Romero retired the one batter he faced.

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